Four monks profess first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey
January 21, 2016
Four monks professed their temporary vows as Benedictine monks
in a ceremony on January 20, 2016, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St.
They have completed their novitiate, a year of prayer and study
of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the
profession of vows, they were assigned religious names.
Novice Peter Szidik is now Br. Nathaniel. A native
of Grand Rapids, MI, he is a 2011 graduate of the University of
Dayton with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.
He worked for three years as a production manager in the
byproducts and coal handling divisions at United States Steel in
the St. Louis, MO, area. He also served as a college intern for two
summers in Saint Meinrad's "One Bread, One Cup" program.
Novice Timothy Herrmann is now Br. Simon. A former
resident of Findlay, OH, he is a graduate of the University of
Dayton, earning a bachelor's degree in communication management in
He worked as an associate editor for the national office of Beta
Theta Pi fraternity from 2010-11 and then at Saint Meinrad
Archabbey as the director of alumni relations from 2011-14. He also
served as a college intern for three summers in Saint Meinrad's
"One Bread, One Cup" program.
Novice Thomas Fish will
now be Br. Jean. Formerly of Poway, CA, he is a 2013 graduate of
Sonoma State University with a bachelor's degree in
He has been a youth ministry volunteer and an intern at St.
Gabriel Parish in Poway, and he worked in the shipping department
of a moving company.
Novice Jonathan Blaize received the name Br. Joel. He is
formerly of Mount Carmel, IL, and a graduate of Southern Illinois
University, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. He
earned an associate degree at Wabash Valley College. He also
studied at Ivy Tech Community College for drafting and design.
He formerly worked as a tool and die machinist and
a design engineering technician at Hansen Corporation. He attended
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology for one year before
entering the monastery.
Temporary vows are typically for three years. This period offers
a continuing opportunity for the monk and the monastic community to
determine whether monastic life is, indeed, the right vocation for